Last week I read an article written by Dave Gallop where it said he had spoken with all the coaches and they all said “this is the toughest season yet”. Well of course they all said that…they all have no idea how each team will perform against each other. Nobody knows what teams look like until at least Round 5 when we have a clear idea of what the table looks like. Round 1 is a write off round in my opinion (Editors Note – “yeah because Souths lost”). Nothing that happens in Round 1 is indicative of the rest of the season. Teams are just getting to know each other and it shows on the field. I can point out multiple occasions in matches where teams look lost, tired or just plain confused on the field.
Heart break is a funny thing. I mean we’ve all got a story that could define a heart breaking moment for us. Sometimes these things are gone in a day and others stay with you for what feels like an eternity. In the sporting realm heartbreak comes in many shapes and forms. It could be an injury to a key player or it could be that crushing defeat from a formidable rival. Maybe thats why we all love sport so much…in sport we all bear witness to the same heart wrenching stories and its something that can be shared. That being said though Sporting Heartache can be cured using a simple 5 word remedy…”there is always next season”.
Last year my favourite movie had to have been ‘Moneyball’. Not because I’m a massive fan of Baseball but because I loved the idea of a small market team (Oakland Athletics) trying to take a swing at the big market teams (i.e. the New York Yankees). Since the movie is called Moneyball you can tell its laregly based on money and the idea of being smart with your cash. Part of the movie see’s the teams GM (Brad Pitt playing Billie Bean) come up against one of the head scouts who is unhappy about his decision to change things up. After a verbal spat Brad Pitt responds with the following quote: “Adapt or die”.
This year we are changing things up here On The Try Line With Charlton. To start off the season I’ll be doing a Podcast talking about the impending season. I thought instead of me just blabbing on for 45 minutes I’d get your input. Below is a little survey I’ve put together to get YOU involved in the Podcast. Be honest and don’t be afraid to pass this page onto friends who may also like NRL.
We will be recording the podcast the weekend before the start of the season (25th February) and when I say ‘we’ I mean me and the newest recruit here On The Try Line. I’ll keep that as a little surprise for the moment. In the meantime please advertise us to your friends by ‘Liking’ the Facebook page (if you haven’t already done so) or by pushing your Tweeps to follow us on Twitter.
Right now one of the hottest signatures to have in your NRL team is a good quality halfback. Parramatta took a big risk last season chasing down Chris Sandow and managed to get his siganture for a massive 550k per season. Thats a big amount of money considering Sandow has yet to prove himself playing semi final football. I mean if Sandow was a grand final worthy halfback like say DCE or Mitchell Pearce then how much money are we talking about? 600k – 750k per year? Read the rest of this entry